ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9196
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- 1970s home movies, 1970s home movie title cards, 1970s vacation, 1970s California, universal studios, hollywood, 1970s cameras, 1970s filmmaking, 1970s technology, 1970s entertainment, 1970s nature, San Juan Capistrano, 1970s United States border, Mexico, 1970s tourism, 1970s Cadillac, Palm Springs, 1970s air travel, 1970s airplanes, San Francisco, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland-Bay Bridge, 1979, 1970s, Al Larvick Fund
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip (9150-52) is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American home & amateur analog audiovisual materials. For more information, visit allarvickfund.org. Please respect the creative commons licensing assigned to this collection.
The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen, Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
Nov 29 - Dec 6, 1979. Jini’s parents’ trip to Los Angeles, CA with her sister Lois and brother-in-law Albert. (0:07) Title card written in block lettering: “Our trip to California with Lois and Albert.” (0:58) Shot of the street from their motel, palm trees and all. Virginia waves at the camera. (1:29) Family walks down motel parking lot. (1:50) View from a tour bus. You can see the Hollywood sign in the distance. (2:02) Still on the tour bus, there’s some sort of air gun. (2:08) Some futuristic looking structure, not sure what it is. (2:12) More views of the city. (2:32) Sign that says “Universal City.” This backlot is where Jini would work 8 years later. (2:36) A tour guide speaks to the crowd. (2:47) Inside the backlot. Footage is dark but a little kid is playing on a motorcycle. (3:03) A girl jogging in place on a stage. (3:05) A tour guide speaks in front of the crowd. The camera zooms in on a poster saying “Yanks: Coming Soon” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanks). (3:26) Shot of a broken bridge (probably part of an exhibit). (3:38) More views from the tour bus. (4:04) bus goes through an old western set. (4:16) now it’s a European looking city set. (4:31) The Jaws shark can be seen and an old time train. Joni remarks how they still have many of the same exhibits today. (4:49) A simulation of Jaws attacking a small fishing boat in the lake. Jaws then comes right up to the tour bus. (5:34) Bus goes up a hill where there’s a sign that says “DANGER: Avalance Area.” (5:49) The bus enters an ice cave. (5:59) Shots from above the lot. The camera zooms in on a castle from the Middle Ages. (6:26) They pass by a burning house set. (6:36) Loia and Albert sit at a table overlooking the valley. There are telescope and viewing devices. (7:02) Albert in a stockade.
(7:08) Shot of monkeys playing in an exhibit. (7:18) Audience is seated for a performance. On stage there is a plane set with actors (or maybe audience participants) sitting in the seats. It is being filmed with numerous cameras. The entire set tilts to emulate a plane flying. (8:34) Two people in life vests in a glass tank as water quickly rises.
(8:44) Lois takes a photo of Arthur. The camera pans over to Virginia who is sitting down. (8:58) Lois does a little dance.
(9:09) Now on a tour bus to the mission at San Juan Capistrano (https://www.missionsjc.com/). There’s shots of what appear to be an Egyptian style building. (9:23) Well timed shot of birds flying around the cross at the mission. Tourists wander the grounds. (9:51) The family stands together, pointing at the birds perched at the top of the mission. (9:59) The family stands in front of a fountain. (10:10) Camera pans over the wall of a building. (10:19) Virginia observes the large number of cactus plants. “My mom always loved cactus,” writes Jini. Virginia gives Lois a warm hug. They are posing for a picture that Albert is taking. (10:50) Another shot of the grounds and its exotic plants.
(11:19) Back on the bus. Footage of the landscape as it goes by. (11:52) Camera zooms in on sign that says San Clemente Inn. There’s a San Clemente Inn today but it wasn’t founded until 1981. (12:01) More landscape footage of the sea and hills. (12:11) Shots of crop fields. (12:22) Sign for the “Bridge Motor Inn.” Could not find any information online about it. (12:27) Landscape shots of houses on top of hills.
(12:57) The family walks through a small town, past a sign that advertises cigars. (13:09) Another shot of the city street. (13:28) Back on the bus, overlooking a town. (14:02) Bus arrives at a large station. Numerous people walk on the sidewalk. (14:20) Building labeled “United States Border Inspection Station.” Apparently the tour bus is entering Tijuana.
(14:23) Shot of the crowded Tijuana street. (14:33) Lois crosses the street. Some buildings have signs such as “El Toro Curios” and “Floor Show.” (14:54) Camera zooms in on Tijuana police officer.
(15:00) Back on the road. There are large mountains in the distance. (15:11) Shot of the interior of a (possibly rented?) Cadillac car. (15:30) More landscape and mountain shots. (15:40) They are in some sort of building decked out with Christmas decorations. (15:55) Shot of a nice looking streets. Wreaths are on the palm trees. We can see a sign for Robann’s Jewelers, a famous Palm Springs jewelry store that has since changed locations (http://robanns.com/jewelers/about/). There’s also a sign for Desmond’s store (https://cityseeker.com/palm-springs/277906-desmond-s).
(16:10) Back on the road. The car is very high up on the side of a cliff. (16:32) Panoramic shot of the valley in the distance. (17:06) Back on the road once again. (17:25) More panoramic shots from the side of the road. Virginia looks around. (17:41) On the road again.
(18:03) View from the window of an airplane as they head to San Francisco and Muir Woods. They are seated by the wings. (18:31) They are above the clouds now. (18:39) Shot of the San Francisco skyline. They are in a bus once again. (19:05) Sign for the former Treasure Island Naval Base (http://www.formerbases.com/cal_no_treasureisland_history.htm). (19:13) Shot from the bus as they go over the Oakland-Bay Bridge. Virginia looks out the window at the skyline. (19:33) Dark footage. Hard to make out what’s there besides two lights. (19:39) Panoramic view of San Francisco. (20:18) Shot of the large rocks in the bay. (21:00) Some birds on the rocks. (21:04) The Golden Gate Bridge from the bus. (21:12) A boat in the bay by the bridge. (21:24) Back on the bus on a San Francisco street. (21:30) More landscapes and footage from inside the bus.
(22:05) Shot of trees in Muir Woods. (22:14) Tourists walk on a footbridge in the woods. The footage is dark but you can see the light coming in through the trees.
(23:39) Back on the road. (23:50) Shot of a boat in the bay. (24:03) A shot FROM a boat that is heading towards Alcatraz (https://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm). (24:15) You can see the island in the distance as well as the skyline of the city.
(24:23) Shot from the inside of the plane as it takes off on the way back to New Jersey. (25:02) More shots from the plane window as the sun goes down.
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